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Welcome to the Pollmann website. Here you will find extensive information about the company, the products, services and people responsible for our high-quality portfolio. Pollmann International operates on three continents – Asia, Europe and North America – in the countries of China, U.S.A., Czech Republic and Austria. The headquarters are located in Karlstein, Austria. If you cannot find information you are looking for, please contact us by email or phone.

from left to right: Greg Harriman (CEO Pollmann North America), Erwin Negeli (CEO Pollmann Austria and Czech Republic) Christian Schreiberhuber (CFO Pollmann International) Herbert Auer (CEO Pollmann International), Vaclav Krsik (CEO Pollmann Czech Republic), Michael Hauer (Plant Manager Pollmann Czech Republic), Ewald Miksche (CEO Pollmann China)

Get ready for exciting developments
at Pollmann in 2016!

The excitement around the New Year seems long gone and we are all back to our daily routine. Well, not all of us! The management team of Pollmann International has used the beginning of the new year to scrutinize its product portfolio and is already deeply involved in implementing the goals and projects that were developed. Pollmann has big plans for 2016.

First and foremost, the automotive company wants to offer a portfolio of precisely tailored services and expertise to meet its customers' needs even better. "This creates a foundation for working together from the idea to product innovation, and it also improves the long-term competitive power of our customers." This is how CEO Herbert Auer describes Pollmann's strategy for continued growth.

We look forward to working with you on many exciting projects.

The management team of Pollmann International

Pollmann Czech Republic doubling in size

November 2015
With 480 employees, Pollmann is the largest employer in Neuhaus/CZ today. During the past 18 months, the company has again invested heavily in the infrastructure at this location. Additional production facilities were purchased, restored and brought up to Pollmann standards. This doubled the production area to 15.500 m² at the CZ location of 39.000 m².

Thanks to its excellent transportation links, Pollmann CZ has positioned itself perfectly for projects involving large quantities.

This focus of the Czech Republic location is also in line with the planned company development and strategic expansion of Pollmann Europe. What began as an "extended workbench "in Neuhaus/CZ has now developed into an independent production facility thanks to the excellent cooperation between the Austrian and Czech colleagues.


Downsizing – physical foaming for lighter-weight components

(November 2015)
Saving resources, reducing weight and increasing energy efficiency – these are the key factors in modern vehicle manufacturing. That is why Pollmann product development has been involved in the physical foaming of plastic housings for more than 10 years.

Parts with large surfaces (covers) are ideal applications for physical foaming. In addition, this technology has also become very useful in insert molding for components such as door locks.


Managing Director Erwin Negeli and Quality Manager Christoph Schuh-Wendl officially accepted the award in the Palais Ferstl in Vienna.

5* stars for excellence and special prize for Pollmann
at the presentation of the State Award for Enterprise Quality

July 2015

This year, Pollmann entered the competition for the State Award for Enterprise Quality 2015 for the first time and placed among the top contenders right away. As part of an EFQM assessment (European Foundation for Quality Management) performed by Quality Austria, Pollmann received more than 500 points and achieved the "EFQM Recognised for Excellence 5*" level.

In addition, Pollmann was honored by the jury with a special prize - a prize which was awarded to only two participants. Pollmann received this nomination under the title: "Competent and committed employees through management based on partnership".


Herbert Auer
Christian Schreiberhuber

Management changes at Pollmann International
Dynamic team for new automotive markets

June 2015
With Herbert Auer as International Managing Director of the Pollmann Group and Christian Schreiberhuber as Managing Director of Finance and Controlling, two automotive experts will move into leadership positions at Pollmann International and strengthen the family-owned, global company.

The trend in the automotive industry is undergoing a reversal. Autonomous driving and alternative drive technologies bring new challenges to the industry and new opportunities for Pollmann. As company owners Markus and Robert Pollmann are happy to point out: "Our team has the technical creativity and process expertise that our customers need in a changing market. This will enable the new leadership to open up new opportunities."


Next generation
Leadframes without pre-overmolding

In many applications, leadframes are integrated in components so that they can perform the function of carrying signals or providing power to switches or engines. The common approach is to make a “pre-overmold” and place it automatically in the injection molding tool. This is a successful process which has been used millions of times and offers high stability and proven technology. The increasingly tight available space places stricter requirements on component cleanliness, and the density of parts, most of them similar to housings, requires new methods to meet these requirements.


Clean as a matter of principle
Component cleanliness in practice

While technical cleanliness for CNC parts has been tried and used for years, this is a relatively new topic when it comes to metal-plastic composite parts. But it is precisely the automotive industry with its ever more complex and powerful components which has to focus increasingly on technical cleanliness in all production processes involving functionally relevant parts. With its own laboratory for qualifying component cleanliness, Pollmann has already gone a step further.


Pollmann's outlook for 2015

The European automotive industry has an ambitious goal: Reaching the 90g CO2/ km target as quickly as possible to meet EU requirements.

Electrification of Loads
There are several ways to do this: Many applications are geared towards the electrification of loads such as A/C compressors, steering systems, fans and automatic start-stop systems.
Equally important are 48V power systems to meet the increasing energy needs of vehicles.

Hybrid Vehicles
This applies particularly to hybrid vehicles which can be partly operated by electricity.
What all these developments have in common are technical solutions some of which still have to be developed or implemented.


Autonomous driving

Just like CO2 reduction, “autonomous driving” is currently a hot topic in the automotive industry. Since Pollmann produces components for electric steering systems which are an essential part of self-driving cars.

Very interested in
We have become very interested and involved in this developing field. For experts, “autonomous driving” means that you get in the car, enter the destination, and the car drives from A to B completely on its own.

Completely Autonomously without Driver
Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated that we already have the technology to do this: In 2013, a vehicle based on a modified new S-class retraced the first historic road trip by Bertha Benz from Mannheim to Pforzheim – but this time completely autonomously without driver intervention. See also video


Strong showing in 2014: Electronica & Fakuma

Under the heading "Innovative concepts for high-precision parts", Pollmann presented its portfolio of products and services and its latest developments at the trade fairs Electronica in Munich and Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany. At both events, Pollmann welcomed many existing and prospective customers and other stakeholders. Both Electronica and Fakuma reflected the current situation in the plastics industry and the automotive supply market very well. With excellent prospects for new projects, there is reason to face the future with optimism: The Pollmann management agrees that "the company is ready for future demands."


New lab opened

In early July, Pollmann opened a new lab at its headquarters in Karlstein.
This was an important step towards being able to map process-related customer requirements and to quickly perform customized process development analyses for new products in-house:

·         Measuring technical component cleanliness according to VDA 19
·         Analyzing electrical connections
·         Leak testing of housing components
·         Climate, shock and salt spray mist tests

Technical component cleanliness has become an important quality factor in the automotive industry. Pollmann is now able to use its central laboratory and in-house know-how to meet customer requirements even better.
Component cleanliness is essential for the performance and longevity of automotive components from Pollmann such as those for electric steering, hybrid drive units or the sensors for transmission control systems

Michael Hauer new Plant Manager at Pollmann CZ

Since November, Michael Hauer has been assisting Managing Director Vaclav Krsik as Plant Manager at the Czech Republic location. His new duties cover organizational development, CIP (continuous improvement processes) and optimization of logistics concepts. Having been logistics manager at Pollmann Austria since 2001, Michael Hauer is very familiar with Pollmann processes and workflows.
The “Pollmann Czech Republic” location is experiencing rapid growth both in terms of size and technological development. “Physical foaming” was installed at the location in addition to injection molding. It is important for Pollmann to closely integrate the two European locations in Austria and the Czech Republic so that we can meet customer demands for best possible unit prices. “We are happy that we were able to get Michael Hauer excited and willing to take on this important task as our new Plant Manager,” said Erwin Negeli, Managing Director of Pollmann Austria.

Pollmann celebrates 125 years with big party for employees

Pollmann turned 125 – good reason for all of us to be proud and happy. We celebrated this anniversary with a special party for our employees under the motto “Once around the whole world”. Our employees took part in a culinary world tour to the Pollmann locations and were surprised with spectacular attractions. 
Pollmann has been in existence for 125 years, is wholly family-owned and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.

CO2-reducing components for the automotive industry

Reducing CO2 emissions is currently the biggest challenge for automobile manufacturers. The EU has adopted directives which target a limit of 90 g/km for all automobiles over the coming years. From a technical perspective, these requirements can only be met if the overall efficiency of the drive systems (engine, transmission, alternator, fans, steering, etc.) is increased substantially. In addition, loads such as steering, cooling fan, air conditioning compressor, water pump, etc. which are now mostly belt-driven, will have to be switched to electric power.

The following CO2-reducing products are already being produced by Pollmann International:

  • EMC filters for hybrid drives
  • Components for electric steering (for OEMs, VW, BMW, and Audi)


Plastic foaming processes

There are basically two different plastic foaming processes – chemical foaming and physical foaming. Pollmann International has done extensive testing with both systems and decided in favor of physical plastic foaming. All Pollmann plastic foaming processes currently use MuCell or are developed further based on MuCell.

Foaming has many advantages:

  • Reduced cycle time
  • Reduced shrinkage and distortion
  • Avoids sink marks
  • Improved flow properties
  • Lower internal tool pressure
  • Reduced molded parts weight resulting in material savings
  • Increased bending stress – improved fracture behavior
  • Allows foaming of plastics with long-fiber glass


Industrial production in a laboratory environment

Ensuring cleanliness in production processes requires concentration on specifically defined areas. This is the only way that contamination risks can be minimized or excluded. As a qualified tier 2 supplier for the international automotive industry, Pollmann has installed a production area for highly automated equipment in a clean room. In this specific environment, various components are produced which are used in transmission controls, electric steering and start/stop automation.


New: Reel-to-reel technology for Pollmann North America

Component production using metal/plastics composite technology has become an integral part of the automotive industry. Reel-to-reel technology makes it possible to produce these punched and bent parts cost-effectively in large quantities using partial remolding. 

Pollmann North America in  Romeoville near Chicago currently uses reel-to-reel molding for producing two complex metal/plastics composite parts:

  • Housing for throttle control
  • Coil former


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